Drawing Your Gun

Drawing Your Gun

Drawing your gun is directly connected to how you holster your gun. How to move through the draw depends entirely on where you draw your gun from. Your decision on how to conceal and carry your firearm is a very important one and there is a multitude of factors to consider when selecting your method. The clothing you wear each day will likely require different holsters to worn in different ways with different styles. A draw from a bra holster will require a different technique than from a draw from an ankle holster.

Practicing your draw from all holsters that you use, including CC purses is absolutely necessary! All of the shooting skills in the world aren’t going to do you much good if you can’t access and draw your gun fast enough. Throw in some major stress and adrenaline and you are in big trouble. Practice is necessary so that a safe and quick motion comes quickly and naturally, this can only happen with repeated and regular practice. Many holsters like the bra holster are a plastic clam shell design, these require a “snap” of a draw to release the gun, unlike a leather holster that would have more of a smooth pull draw. Practicing your draw is always done with an unloaded gun, always. You may want to practice in front of a mirror to assist you in making sure that while you are drawing, the muzzle of the gun is not covering any part of your body.

What I will focus on here are the basics of safely drawing your gun from any holster. You will need to practice the particular reach required for each type of holster. These basic principles must be adapted to the specific requirements of your selected mode of carry. It is MOST recommended to carry your gun on your strong side, on your waist, meaning if you are right handed the gun is worn on the right side, with the grip in the proper position so you can grasp and draw your gun with the correct grip, get on target and shoot as quickly as possible. It is preferred that there is no reaching across or around you body so that your strong hand is already somewhere near the firearm.


A smooth draw is dependent on three things:

  1. Proper equipment selection (e.g., firearm, holster, even clothing)
  2. Placement or location on body
  3. Practice

Read article on Women’s Holsters for Concealed Carry


Every second matters when you are in a potentially life threatening situation. Although speed when drawing your gun is important, it is a danger if you do not have proper technique and if you are not competent at drawing your gun. If you aren’t willing to practice drawing your gun and sighting a target, you should probably not carry your gun. You put yourself at risk if you are fumbling and very slow to draw.

Drawing your gun under stress requires muscle memory created through training and practice. Drawing your gun from under clothing must be practiced. You can practice drawing as part of your Dryfire practice with an unloaded gun. The most effective way to improve your draw is to practice slowly on a live-fire range with someone who can watch for mistakes.

Do not start with speed in mind. Focus on technique. The better your technique, the faster you will be once you start speeding things up. Get the motions down pat before worrying about your speed.

Practice with all of your concealed and carry holsters if you regularly wear more than one style.

The basic motions in drawing a handgun:

The Grip:

Move your firing hand over the grip of your firearm. Release any retention system your holster may have. Grip the handgun firmly with the supporting fingers while keeping the trigger finger straight along the slide, outside of the holster. Your non-dominant had should be to the side or placed on your stomach, out of the way to avoid covering it with the muzzle of the gun.

The Pull:

Pull the firearm directly up and completely out of the holster keeping the trigger finger straight along the slide. Raise the muzzle of the gun straight up a couple of inches above the top of the holster.

The Rock:

Rotate your wrist and lower your elbow of your firing arm. This gets the pistol pointed down range at your target. Once the pistol is pointed in at your target, disengage any safety you may have.

The Extend:

When the firearm passes your stomach, move your support hand toward the firearm and get a good firing grip on it. Extend your firing arm to a good firing position. Keep your support elbow low pointing down. Just before the firearm is to its final position you should quickly focus directly, and only, on your front sight. Sight alignment is next.

The Basic Motions In Re-Holstering Your Gun

Re-holstering your gun is the same motions as drawing your gun – only in reverse.

With your trigger finger out of the trigger guard area, extend it alongside the frame of the gun.

Pull back to close contact position and place your hand on your stomach.

Engage your safety and rotate your wrist and raise your elbow, push the gun straight down into holster and secure.

Be sure to maintain a full firing-grip on your gun until you have completely secured the gun in the holster.

Re-engage the retention system on your holster if it has one.

Although different holsters will have different draws, the same principles apply. Clear the muzzle of the gun from the holster without covering any part of your body. Keep your trigger finger out of the trigger guard area at all times except when ready to fire and always keep a firm grip on your gun.


Continue reading the next article of Step 3 Part B: Sighting Your Gun